HBO acquires rights to 'Al Qaeda' doc

Film is a collaboration between Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright

HBO Documentary Films has acquired domestic TV rights to the feature-length documentary "My Trip to Al Qaeda," directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney.

The film, described as part doc and part performance piece, is a collaboration between Gibney and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright. It is based on Wright's one-man play and developed from Wright's 2006 book "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."

"My Trip to Al Qaeda," performed by Wright, chronicles fundamentalist Islam's rise to power and the dilemma he faces as a writer in maintaining his objectivity.

The movie, a 2010 Tribeca Film Festival selection, will debut on HBO in fall 2010. This is HBO's second collaboration with Gibney, following "Taxi to the Dark Side."

The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media's John Sloss with HBO.
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